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    Today, 06:37 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 35 Krag Dies in Cast Boolits
    Hmm. I wasn't at all aware of that, although it doesn't surprise me that it would be a problem with the .303 because the Brits used such sloppy chambers. The Krag? None of the club guys I once knew who shot Krags in milsurp competition ever...
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    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    Good catch! Yes, I'm using .17WSM. I can only plead advancing age and mental decrepitude. :oops:
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    Yesterday, 08:20 PM
    I'll start a new thread on this. There's been others but they've been a bit of a jumble. Give me a couple of days to summarize it properly, and maybe post a few photos of my kit.
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    Yesterday, 07:52 PM
    .22 Mag is ~ .100" too short.
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    Yesterday, 07:24 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 35 Krag Dies in Cast Boolits
    Why would FL sizing cause separations? Otherwise all good ideas.
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    Yesterday, 07:58 AM
    I'll confirm that. Opening the necks as I do absolutely requires annealing or you lose 90% to splits. They are hard, hard, hard. Yes, I worked out a way to anneal them without setting the priming charge off. Too far off topic for this...
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    Yesterday, 05:12 AM
    Still surprises me how loud they are. Don't own one - no practical use for it here. I do buy 17HMR ammo, though. Pull the bullets, dump the powder, expand the necks, trim, and I get a passable .25 Stevens Rimfire. So thanks to all you...
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    Yesterday, 04:51 AM
    Use a .22LR chamber reamer. Preferably a true match chamber such as the Lilja, not the Bentz. Do NOT use a twist drill! I think you'll wind up shortening the barrel anyway.
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    09-27-2020, 09:55 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 35 Krag Dies in Cast Boolits
    ^^^ Another good solution ^^^
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    09-26-2020, 09:26 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 35 Krag Dies in Cast Boolits
    About 20 years ago I drew up dozens of cartridge dimensions in CAD. Pulling out the Krag & the .35 Rem drawings and superimposing them, it becomes obvious that the dimension from base to shoulder differs by .186". So a spacer .200" thick to hold...
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    09-26-2020, 01:52 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread A Plug for ASSRA in Single Shot Guns
    And that's using plain base cast bullets. No gas checks allowed.
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    09-26-2020, 01:43 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread A Plug for ASSRA in Single Shot Guns
    Member since 2007. ASSRA Membership also gets you the Journal, an excellent color-glossy dead tree magazine. Latest issue has an abridged article about lubes by Charlie Dell, who was a master experimenter in his day.
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    09-26-2020, 01:35 PM
    Kitty litter? (The poor man's Speedi-Dry)
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    09-26-2020, 12:42 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 35 Krag Dies in Cast Boolits
    Yes, look into dies for the old .35 Winchester round. It's essentially the .35 Krag but a .100 longer. Seemingly all in the neck.
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    09-26-2020, 02:25 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread What's your favorite in Leverguns
    Marlins - 336 and 39a. Well made, side eject for easy scoping, and accurate. The 336 design is really easy to clean from the breech end as God intended. (Just don't lose the little v-spring ejector!) Winchesters have lots of history and...
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    09-26-2020, 02:02 AM
    I once used up some bacon grease that had gone rancid as flux. Worked, but left a residue I didn't like. Salt? Tried Crisco once, also messy. In my casting pot I've used beeswax, Alox bullet lube, and pine rosin. Rosin is cheapest if you buy it...
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    09-26-2020, 01:10 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Hardness tester in Casting Equipment
    I have a Cabine Tree but I don't trust it. Having the penetrator rotate as it goes in doesn't seem to me to be a good design. Is it a boring tool? Shouldn't be. The instrument I do trust is my SAECO. The only downside being that you can only...
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    09-24-2020, 09:34 AM
    Breakopen designs work much better with rimmed cartridges. Just sayin'
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    09-24-2020, 09:25 AM
    It's not hoarding until you have more than a lifetime supply. Perhaps we should extend "lifetime" to include those of our children and grandchildren?
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    09-24-2020, 03:12 AM
    Tongs are of course the most compact of all. Do you have enough handles to set one up for each die? And set the factory crimp die in the Lee hand press?
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    09-23-2020, 10:07 PM
    A glimmer of a memory is coming back to me. I once met an artist type who practiced an art of making small sheet metal objects by laying the raw sheet on a bed of wax, then, using small hammers and such, beating the form into the metal. He said it...
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    09-23-2020, 10:04 PM
    3D printing might be a good way to make forms around which to bend the sheet metal to make the mag.
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    09-23-2020, 08:57 PM
    The only reason Lyman stopped making the Jr. was that the market changed. When it was introduced it was an affordable step above the tong tools and things like the Belding & Mull. But reloaders got richer, and instead of loading .38 wadcutters for...
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    09-23-2020, 08:40 PM
    Ex-Michigander here - A huge portion of deer hunting in Michigan is done from tree stands. Shots are never "across-the-beanfield" like down South or 400 yards like out West. A 100-yard gun is plenty. Heck, in most of the LP it's shotgun-only,...
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    09-23-2020, 08:07 PM
    Thousands upon thousands of satisfied users disagree. Including me.
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    09-23-2020, 08:05 PM
    That's how I got mine. Whatever record of the purchase I may have made at the time has been lost.
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    09-23-2020, 07:54 PM
    Coming from an industry where we did such things, yes there are nondestructive ways to analyze each case to see what if any flaws it might have, and the cost is orders of magnitude beyond what could be justified. X-ray diffraction analysis for one...
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    09-23-2020, 06:36 AM
    Hmmm..... Ask the hill tribesmen around the Khyber pass. They used to do it all the time with just sheet metal, hammers and anvils. Seriously - some of the more serious model railroaders do stuff like that. Usually using hard brass sheet. ...
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    09-23-2020, 05:36 AM
    You can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many primers.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check